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March 8, 2013
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  • Number of hotel deals is expected to increase in 2013
    The number of hotel transactions in Europe was down 21% in 2012 versus 2011, but the number of deals is expected to rise this year thanks to better financing opportunities. "There are early signs that this will be the strongest hotel-transaction year since before the crisis," said Frits van Paasschen, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide CEO and president. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotel spas focus on indulgence, but also guest wellness
    Hotel spas are shifting some focus from indulgent treatments to ones that have health and medical benefits such as information from on-site nutritionists. More hotels also are offering medical-based services to treat guests holistically. Some spas are not huge moneymakers, but four- and five-star hotels are expected to have them, this feature says. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury day spa De La Mer debuts in Dubai, UAE
    A spa just for females, De La Mer, has opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, offering hydrotherapy, hairstyling, nail services and massage. The 5,000-square-foot spa, a family-run business, also offers a gym and space for booking parties and other gatherings. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Room rates will continue to fuel hotel growth in 2013, study finds
    TravelClick's North American Hospitality Review for February indicates that average daily rate will continue to be responsible for growth in the hotel industry this year. "Based on TravelClick data, while committed occupancy is showing a steady increase as 2013 goes on, ADR remains the main source of growth for hotels. We expect to see this trend continue as we get further into the year," said Tim Hart, an executive vice president at TravelClick. The study found that average daily rate for February this year through January 2014 will rise 3.4%, as committed occupancy and revenue per available room are up 2.1% and 5.5%, respectively. TravelPulse (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hilton signs deal for its first hotel in Myanmar
    Hilton Worldwide has announced its entry into Myanmar with the signing of a management deal for a 300-room hotel in development in Yangon. The property is expected to open in 2014. "Following the social and economic reforms the country has made over the past year, Myanmar has seen visitor arrivals grow by 45.1% compared to the previous year. Yangon, in particular, is positioned to grow much faster than many other emerging markets in Asia," said Andrew Clough, a senior vice president for Hilton in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Travel Weekly (3/7) , (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 hotel openings
    Hotel Chatter has just released its comprehensive list of new hotels opening all over the world in 2013. It's going to be a busy year for China and India with some growth in the U.S. as well as the Middle East and Russia. Keep checking back as the list is constantly updated. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Executive chef required for Kuwait luxury hotel
    An international hotel group is looking for an executive chef for its property in Kuwait. The successful candidate will have prior experience as an executive chef for at least two years in a five-star hotel or high-end restaurant group. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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